Rashida Tlaib is going to be the first Muslim woman to be elected to the US Congress after winning the Democratic primary election, representing Michigan’s 13thdistrict. Tlaib received 33.6% of the votes. Her rival Brenda Jones, the Detroit Council president, got 28.5%.
What you should know about Rashida Tlaib
Rashida Tlaib was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1976. She is the oldest child of 14 children. Both her parents are Palestinian Immigrants. Before moving to Detroit where her father worked for Ford Motor Company, they lived in Nicaragua.
She is the first in her family to go to college. As a student of the Wayne State University, Rachida received her B.A. in Political Science and a law degree at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Tlaib’s political career started in 2004. In 2008 she held a seat in the Michigan House of Representative, being the second Muslim woman to serve in a state legislature nationwide. In 2016, she took a stance against the then-presidential nominee Trump, when she participated in a protested against his views.
But Tlaib is not only a career woman, she’s also a loving mother of two boys, Adam and Yousif. These boys played an important role in why she decided to run. She told The Guardian “I didn’t run because my election would be historic, I ran because of injustices and because of my boys, who are questioning their [Muslim] identity and whether they belong. I’ve never been one to stand on the sidelines.”
Source: newslocker.com6. Not only will Rachida Tlaib become the first Muslim woman in Congress, but also the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress. Her goal is to “fight back against every racist and oppressive structure that needs to be dismantled. You deserve better than what we have today with our president.” The New York Times